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I've had this for a few months now and every once in a while I have another go at trying to get this to work - with no luck! I want to use it for a USB printer in my studio. I don't have a cd drive so can't access what's on the that for help or get a driver I might need (?). Tech support were sluggish and useless. Apparently I need to reset the print servers IP address to match the IP address of my router but I can't even attach to 192.168.0.10 - it says the page servers cannot be connected to. I've tried two browsers. No luck. Resetting the print server. No luck.
It really shouldn't be this hard and the tech support should be sharp. It shouldn't take an hour to have about 10 messages to back and forth. Feel like it's been the promise of a solution but I've ended up with a bigger headache.
Just want to make my USB printer be able to connect with an iPad. Shame on Apple for making this so **** difficult and shame on TP-Link for their lack of support, poor explanation and supplying it with a mini CD -- who uses a mini cd?????
If you have a Mac computer and on e of the latest Canon printers this will not work. Canon do not provided a driver for Mac Big Sur, as the printer will work on AirPrint. The is fine if you are connected through USB, but if your printer is not wifi enabled and you try one of these paint servers you are stuck. After hours actually getting get thing set up on my home network I found that it needed a printer driver, and wouldn't work because there isn't one available.
Very, very disappointed with this product. On paper it looked like the ideal solution for my network printing requirements. TP-Link products usually just work out of the box: this was a real shock - it didn't! Even worse, this review is on the *second* example unit following the return and replacement of the first one.
The firmware is pretty buggy, and the supporting software is immature and underdeveloped. The following issues exist:
- it has randomly corrupted it's settings: specifically in one case it randomly set a password, preventing me from accessing the settings page or modifying the settings any further. This persisted even after a reset to defaults, and (unbelievably) following a re-flash of the firmware! - the re-flashing procedure is undocumented, neither in the manual nor on the support site. - The Biggie: if you disable IPP print services, it also disables LPR network printing (not documented). LPR printing remains indicating "Enabled", when it is not. Believe me, I have sweated over this one. Words fail me. - although my printer (a standard HP LJ 1200) is on the "supported" list, it has problems: the server is unable to wake the printer from sleep mode (whereas a direct connection using the same driver software does): the "bidirectional" printer support isn't: print jobs hang as progress acknowledgements are lost: the standard HP drivers for both MAC and PC are unable to drive the printer reliably. - although advertised as compatible with HP JetAdmin or WebAdmin, it is most definitely NOT! - all documentation relating to Apple Mac is for OS 8/9, without any mention of OS X. - the Web configuration pages randomly fail to display: on source inspection, the page's document header for the HTML is occasionally not sent, resulting in page display failures. - only a subset of settings are available on the web config page: others are displayed and set from the (PC only) PSAdmin program delivered to manage the product - ridiculous! - the product supports SMB/CIF, AppleTalk, NetBEUI, LPR, IPP and Novell Netware print services. It is not possible to turn some of these off (eg., if they are not required on your network). JetDirect compatible HP printers allow you to disable individual print services selectively. After a little experimentation, it is apparent that services marked as "Disabled" are still in fact, active.
Support (via email) from TP-Link has been slow, patchy, and in fact downright dismissive: the IPP/LPR stack bug described above was blamed on HP's printer drivers even after I had performed an exhaustive diagnosis of the bug and proven it to lie in the server firmware.
There are even bugs in the support request page used to request help - there's only a maximum of 200-ish characters for your problem description, requiring numerous email exchanges across two widely separated time zones, taking many days to exchange the bare minimum of useful diagnostic information.
The latest firmware update on the UK product support page is dated 2010, indicating that the product may have already been abandoned as an orphan by TP-Link.
In short, this has been such a bad experience for me I will not be buying any more TP-Link products ever again, full stop. Save your money on this one, folks - look elsewhere.
this is one of those things that really should be fantastic, and it nearly is
I had an HP printer and plugged it in to this so that we could all share it using the wired ethernet link. It all works reasonably OK as long as your an IT expert to set it up and so on BUT...
it only supports internet explorer - chrome just seems to give you a blank screen
and MOST IMPORTANT - occasionally - about every 3-4 weeks it puts itsself into a mode whereby it loops all the network traffic back out of the ethernet port. so then nothing on my network works. This was fine if I was at home, but f confused my family. As an IT expert I did run the diagnostics and I'm 100% sure of this issue. If you only turn it on for a few hours at a time you would never see this, but if like me you leave printers on 24x7 then this is not the box to buy. [ sadly]
Originally seemed good - printed on my windows PC and Mac. Subsequently can't now get it to print anything other than garbage despite setting it up many times - to the instructions, using the setup programme and despite it claiming to work with my Epson printer. This is using Windows Mac and Linux machines. A piece of junk.
I was unable to get the product to communicate with my BT Home Hub 5, so had to return it. The hub was aware that a device of some kind was plugged in, but I never managed to see it as 'connected', despite trying all sorts of IP address settings and combinations. This could however be an issue with the hub rather than the device, so giving it one star might be a bit unfair.